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El Gezira, Sudan: Image of the Day


Published December 25, 2006


South of Khartoum, Sudan, where the White and Blue Nile Rivers join, a dizzying arrangement of irrigated fields stretches out across the state of El Gezira. Given the semi-arid climate of earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14477 the surrounding area, this geometrical spectacle of fertile green fields depends on thousands of kilometers of canals and ditches that connect the region to the Blue Nile in the west. The manmade rivers and streams are part of an irrigation project called the Gezira Scheme, which the British started in the colonial era to grow cotton for export back to Europe.

The area shown in this scene is about 15 kilometers (9 miles) north-northeast of the city of Al Mansqil, and it is nearly 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the river. Several bare-looking patches (bottom center, lower left corner) are small villages, while the large bare patch north of image center appears to be open land that has either been abandoned for crop growing or has yet to be intensively cultivated. A field with a purple tinge at upper right may be flooded. This image was captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ (ASTER) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite on December 25, 2006.

NASA image provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS,and the U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.



Identifier ge_08747
Filename aljazirah_ast_2006359_lrg.jpg
Creator NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Date 2006-12-25
Mediatype image
Rights Public Domain
Source http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8747
Year 2006
Publicdate 2011-07-18 09:29:31
Addeddate 2011-07-18 09:29:31
Language English

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